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check. well all three of those concepts are going to be on the floor of the united states senate for a vote, and they're all going to lose. why? because they're not the solution to the problem we all face. >> on this vote the yeas are 54, the nays are 46. >> reporter: in the end, as vice president biden presided, the background check amendment failed to clear the 60-vote threshold needed to pass. the concealed firearm measure and the ban on assault weapons. also failed. but late in the day, senate democrats-- joined by family members of victims of gun violence-- pledged to keep up the fight. >> i want everyone to understand this is just the beginning not the end. the forces so obsessed with defeating any commonsense reforms whatsoever, they lost site of big picture. >> reporter: and president obama spoke minutes later from the white house rose garden. >> no single piece of legislation can stop ever act of violence and evil. we learned that tragically just two days ago. but if action by congress could have saved one person, one child, a few hundred, a few thousand, if it could hav
hunting. members of the united states senate and congress own those firearms. paul ryan, for example, owns one of those and goes hunting with them. >> ifill: that one was a forgone concliewrkz as were the magazine clips, but the background checks not so much. >> our concern with the universal background checks is we think the problem we see is you have to fix the nix system. the first thing you need to do is fix the nix system which is why our industry is funding an initiate toif work at the grass-roots level to work with the states falling down on the jobs and not getting the background checks-- getting the information into the background check system. the system is only as good as the information that's in it, and background checks that are incompleted and accurate don't help anybody. having more of those background checks that are incomplete also doesn't help anybody. >> ifill: as far as you're concerned even though the president-- or harry reid said, this is round one-- both of them said it-- you think for the federal level this argument is over. >> no, i don't think so at all. i met w
by the united states senate. moments ago, standing with parents from newtown, connecticut, the president railed against the senate. >> so, all in all, this was a pretty shameful day for washington. but this effort is not over. i want to make it clear to the american people, we can still bring about meaningful changes that reduce gun violence so long as the american people don't give up on it. >> pelley: of course, opponents of gun control are elated by the decision, and we will start our coverage with chip reid at the capitol. >> on this vote, the yays are 54, the nays are 46. >> reporter: for supporters of gun control, including vice president joe biden, it was a major defeat. they fell short of the 60 votes needed to adopt an amendment requiring background checks for people who buy guns at gun shows and over the internet. under current law, background checks are required only for sales handled by licensed gun dealers. 60 votes were required because that is what it would take to overcome a republican-led filibuster. all but four republicans opposed the background check amendment. it was a reso
with colleagues to get as much support as we can. i gave a speech on the floor of the united states senate last evening on this issue. talking to individual senators, participating in our caucuses. we had an emotional caucus yesterday. give begin heard was there, senator joe met -- getty giffords was there, senator joe manchin gave a speech. senator tim came from virginia talked about what happened at virginia tech. senator blumenthal talked about his experiences at sandy hook. it was an emotional day. host: here is a media advisory put out by senator dan coats office. be in aenators will press conference to introduce substitute amendment to gun legislation that they say would fix the background check system , provide resources to address mental health and school safety and protect veterans from false health declarations. host: it is an effort to give cover for people voting against gun safety legislation. it will contain the loopholes we currently have in law. the gun show loophole, the internet issues -- they are not resolving his legislation. so, it is a never to say to people who vote for i
and the united states senate for a reason. we decided to run for this high office because of issues we deeply care about whether it be more affordable health care or better housing or lower taxes and in a job like this you are driven to find the issues that move you. and then sometimes there are issues that find you. when i was elected to the united states senate last november i never imagined that my main speech would be about guns or about gun violence. just like i could have never imagined that i would be standing here in the wake of 20 little kids having died at sandy hook or six adults who protected them. but sometimes issues find you and so here i am. i'm so pleased to have the majority leader and the majority whip and so many of my colleagues on the floor with me here today. i want to start though with the unpleasant part. i think it's important for all of my colleagues to understand why we are having this debate this weekend next week about gun violence and why in the first time in decades we were able to break the logjam. it's easy to avert your eyes and what happened in newtown. it'
after today in the united states senate." graham, who appears to speak with fork tongue, offering one of several alternative measures aimed at watering down legislation, and yet through all of this, and in a remarkable display of dignified courage, the families of newtown are maintaining the pressure. in their third day of meeting with lawmakers today, family members went as senator chris murphy read the names of newtown's murdered children and their careers. jillian soto, the sister of slain teacher victoria soto, said her grief will not be silenced. >> we're here to protect their legacy and we're here to honor them and demand something be done. demand our voices be heard and something gets done and we receive a vote. >> white house spokesman jay carney said the president called newtown families almost immediately after the vote. >> the president congratulated the families on this important step forward noting that the bipartisan progress would not have been possible without their efforts. >> but he also emphasized that much work remains to be done. nbc's kristen welker joins us now
of this nastiness. she she was right. the united states senate will not pass an honorary tribute to her. shameful. on that note, dated and connell, it is
that they have. and to have marco rubio, who's a rising star within the party, who's an hispanic united states senator himself, somebody who is likely to run for president, be a formidable competitor at some point, that tells you that this is a priority that is likely very likely to overcome the resistance from some of the southern conservatives like jeff sessions and others. >> elise, what do you make of the senator's multiple appearances on the talk shows what's the take away for you. >> i know marco rubio wouldn't answer the question guilt 2016. but we have to put this to the test. this is a major test for marco rubio and his brand which is in some ways still having to define itself. we don't want to give amnesty to undocumented immigrants but at the same time we need to do something to overall this system. i think that's what he's doing, he's being very aggressive in his messaging. >> i would just add as a postscript, i well remember appearances by barack obama on sunday talk shows in 2006 and even earlier in 2007 when he said that, no, of course i'm not going to run for president. so i wo
is all of a sudden getting something like this sent to the united states senate, you have to start wondering is something being triggered here? is something going on? it may turn out not to be so but it's worth investigating it from that point of view. >>brian: for that point of view is a guy that's written other senators before. >>steve: peter doocy is outside washington, d.c. >> the building behind me is where the field test was done on a piece of mail sent to republican senator roger wicker that came back positive for ric i n poison. we're told the letter was postmarked memphis, tennessee, had no return address but was otherwise not outwardly suspicious. and the f.b.i. says right now more advanced testing is being done at an acredited facility to confirm the letter did contain ric i n. the cdc says it would take a deliberate act to make ricin and poison people. it has no antidote and some senators are on edge. >> it goes to a lot of staff. that's a big concern obviously for all of us. we're very anxious to get more details. >> senators on capitol hill were briefed about this let
is coming up that we will be bringing forward in the united states senate in as short a time as this evening. the president is supportive of the process we went through. the president having been in the senate and having seen this process before is very supportive. the president realizes that everybody didn't get what they wanted completely, but it's a product of compromise. we appreciate the president's support, and we believe that that's important as we move forward with the process. the president also agrees that this is the beginning of a process and not the end. we will have hearings, we will have amendments, floor debates. at the end of the day, we will have a bill on the president's desk because all major players that are involved in this issue are now on board, literally every major, whether business or labor and that is a change from the last time we tried this in 2007. questions. >> two more points. we do hope to drop the bill late tonight, and we are working as we speak. and that's very, very important. and one of the things we all agree with is, there ought to be an open process
holding those jobs simply to sit there and be called a united states senator? >> but, mike barnicle, here is the rub. as shakespeare would say, here is the rub. if they vote against common sense criminal background checks they will not be there for 18 years. the history is not on wayne lapierre's side. the history is on the 94% side. the 90% side, the 87% side. you pick the poll. not only are they doing the wrong thing, they are doing the wrong thing politically if they don't show courage today and support the background check to keep the guns out of the hands of rapists and terrorists and violent criminal offenders. >> i have a question we might want to ask. i don't know if they dropped the united states in front of their title senator voting against background checks. the question is this. less than 48 hours ago, four blocks from where i sit right now, two devices were exploded. it's terrorism. the intent of terrorism is to make people fearful, to make americans fearful, to gather, to assembly, to go to ballgames and to stay home and coward in their homes. how is it, senator, that ameri
thought to be a potential policy of the united states? >> senator, having no forces and no presence post 2014 in my mind would undermine or campaign success. >> well, in this article -- i just found it to be a pretty good summary of some of the difficult choices we're wrestling with and you're having to deal with. i mean, you're not the commander in chief. ultimately the president of the united states, the commander in chief, will decide how many troops are there. you'll make a recommendation up there all the chain, is that correct? chain?ugh the >> that's correct, senator. >> well, one of the things that was troubling to me is our commander in chief, president obama has been there five years and we've got troops on the ground in harm's way right this minute. and this is why mr. michael o'hanlon, the defense analyst at brookings said in this article april 2. one of the most consistent, i guess, observers of our operations in afghanistan and iraq of anybody in america. from the beginning he's been observing, commenting and writing about it and this is the liberal heritage foundation. he s
of eight is coming up with. we will be bringing forward in the united states senate as short of time as this evening. the president is supportive in the process we went through. and the president having been in the senate and seen this process before is very supportive. the president realizes that everybody didn't get what they wanted completely, but it's a product of comprise. we appreciate the president's support, and we believe that is important as we move forward with the process. the president also agrees that this is the beginning of a process not the end. that we will have a hearings and we will a amendment, we will have floor debate. i'm confident that at the end of the day we will have a bill to the president's desk. because all of players involved in the on board. every major player business or labor. that hasn't changed from the last time we tried in 2007. >> two more points, we hope to bring the bill tonight. we're working as we speak. that's very, very important. and one of the things we all agree with is there ought to be an open process. people who don't agree with off
that was sent to the united states senator. that is the subject of investigation by the fbi and four more for mission about these matters i refer you to the fbi. >> the president i'm sure what your last if he has been briefed on the letters. he was briefed last night and then again this morning. >> secondly, there is obviously a lot of interest in the explosions in boston. i want to make clear as you heard from the president yesterday's that our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and to the families who are injured. those were injured as well as killed in this heinous and cowardly act. the full weight of the federal government is behind the investigation which is being led by the fbi. >> as the president said, we will find out who did this year it will find out why and we will bring those responsible to justice. >> with that said, it is very important we allow this investigation to run its full course and to insure retain integrity of that investigation. >> therefore, on matters related to the investigation i direct you to the fbi. >> as you know the fbi is giving press briefings on
. another to the president of the united states. for an hour and a half this morning alerts were sounded on capitol hill. >> close the other side of the street. we are closing off the sidewalk. >> reporter: some senate offices were cleared. staff in others were told to stay inside. after two letters -- one to mississippi republican senator roger wicker, the second to president obama -- tested preliminarily for ricin. both were quarantined at a post office screening facility miles away in maryland. built after the anthrax attacks that killed five and injured 17 across the nation in 2001. >> the president -- i'm sure you will ask this. the president has, of course, been briefed on these letters. he was briefed last night and again this morning. >> reporter: the fbi said both were postmarked memphis, tennessee, on april 8. they used the same language. quote, to see a wrong and not expose it is to become a silent partner to its continuance. a phrase often used by radical groups. both letters are signed, i am kc and i approve this message. a third letter went to democratic senator carl levin'
. good afternoon, everyone. welcome to the united states capitol. before we begin our program, all of you know about the tragedy in boston that took the lives of innocent americans and left many others in serious condition. so if you at all rise and join together in a moment of silence for the victims of this attack. thank you all. pursuant to house resolution 364, the house visitor center room 215 of the capitol visitor center has been designated to gabriel zimmerman meeting were. they are placing commemorative plaque that you all season. this meeting and is dedicated in memory of gabe zimmerman who was shot and killed serving the people of arizona, while carrying out his duties as an aide to representative gabby giffords. his dedication to community and to the democratic process inspires all of us to help each other as fellow human beings and as citizens of a caring nation. we are honored today to be joined soon by the vice president of the united states. we're especially grateful for the members of congress that are here. gabe's colleagues, friends, and loved ones who'v who have made y
with that as a member of the united states senate. but it goes back to your question. when i was in the senate for those 12 years, we didn't have the kind of pressures at all. they weren't even close. what we're dealing with now. that's the big difference. the fiscal realities that are forcing down now some tough choices and some big decisions are going to have to be made. we don't have any choice here, because if we don't start getting a hold of this and moving this back towards some high making tough choices, the congress is going to have to be partner here. we can help manage it and propose and be part of this. but the congress is a hugely critical component of all that -- all that we need to do. but that's a big difference. marty. >> i completely agree, mr. secretary. we have to absorb cuts of this magnitude. we have to take them across the entire enterprise. >> that's what i instructed in y direction on the strategic choices and management review is to look at everything. everything's on the table. has to be on the table. >> when do you expect the results of that review? >> the review is ongoing an
of this letter said this matter is part of an ongoing investigation by the united states capital police and fbi. i want to thank our law enforcement officials for their hard work and diligence in keeping those who work at the capitol complex safe. in ricin poison found at that time no one was injured but there was no letter levever fou so no rayses were ever made. the united states postal service says their primary concern is keeping employees safe, customers safe and keeping the u.s. mail safe. >> peter doocy live for us in maryland this morning. thank you. >>> other news to bring you noul. it is a some der day in london where we take a live look at the coffin of margaret thatcher as it arrives in st. pauls kau they had dral. amy kellogg joins us from london with more. >> hi patti ann. high hi heather. it is being delivered to the chapel where there will be a short service then it will be carried on to st. paul's cathedral where the funeral is going to take place. vip guests have been arriving over the past hour at st. paul's cathedral. this is going to be the funeral for margaret thatcher
a magnet that's attracted people to come into the united states illegally in order to access the amnesty plan that they're devising in the senate and they're devising behind closed doors here in the house. now, amnesty, some of them have even tried to define amnesty. i've consistently defined it, mr. speaker. to grant amnesty is to pardon immigration law breakers and reward them with the objective of their crime. that's a pardon and a reward. that's what's in this document, about 1,500 pages that will emerge in a day or so. if we are to pardon and reward and instantly legalize everyone here in the united states, with the exception of those who committed a felony or three misdemeanors, what are we to expect? even with this bill, they would reach out and say to people if you have been deported come back to america and you can sign up under our plan, it is called the r.p.i. plan, it's a little bit bizarre so i didn't get the -- it's the registered provisional immigrant status plan. so this country would offer such a thing to people who have already been adjudicated and sent back to their ho
of congress that was passed in 1986 by then a senator of arkansas designed to protect the caught in the united states that protect u.s. taxpayers' money and other countries' industries. you know, u.s. aid could have gone to the white house to get a waiver but nobody wanted to take it on so you have legions of the farmers say we want help growing this. american bureaucrats say sorry we will help you with this. >> this is so much a part of the history of afghanistan. as you know when he was referring to the great movie charlie wilson's war seeing it come right before my favorite scene which is when charlie wilson is talking to sitting on the balcony of the watergate hotel talking to the cia agent and this is a scene that is and in the book of the director added it is the lesson of the master which is a boy gets a horse and everyone in the village says it's wonderful he got a horse and than the master says we will see. then he falls down and smashes his leg and cripples him for ever and they see this is so horrible and he says we will see. then the war breaks out in afghanistan. and everyone is c
, and into the united states. so this has all kinds of t tentacles. we'll update you later on "squawk on the street." when we come back on "squawk," though, an update from washington on a letter sent to senator wicker that contained the poison ricin, we're not really sure how to pronounce it. we're going to talk to former investigators from homeland security and the fbi about the latest in the bombing investigation. >>> and take a look at the u.s. equity futures. dow futures down by about 86 points. s&p off by more than ten. >>> welcome back to "squawk box" this morning. no government economic reports today, but investors are looking ahead to the fed's beige book. that's the region by region assessment of the nation's economy. it's going to be out at 2:00 p.m. eastern time. we're going to bring it to you then. procter & gamble wants to increase the time it takes to pay suppliers. such a move could free up up to $2 billion in cash. p & g wants to pay the bills in 75 days compared to the current 45 days. of course, suppliers probably not so happy about that. >>> and american airlines is expecting nor
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